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You are in the Mazda Protege
What is this discussion about?
Mazda Protege, Sedan
Jun 06, 2002 (5:00 am)
Sorry to hear about your problems. But if you read a few of our posts prior to posting, which apparently you didn't, you'd see that your woes are uncommon. My 2000 ES just passed 38,000 trouble-free miles.
It appears you're still under warranty. Keep after them -- or try another dealer -- until it's fixed.
BTW, what's with the references to Ford? Don't you know where your own car was built, and with what parts? The Protege is almost 100 percent Japanese. The only thing Ford may have contributed is door lock knobs or something. The important stuff is all Mazda from good ol' glowing Hiroshima.
But I really don't know if I can take you seriously. Your last name in your profile -- is your last name *really* "Donuthead?"
2000 ES & 2002 Protege5
Formerly 1992 LX & 1992 LX
#14190 of 24043 MazdaProFour...
Jun 06, 2002 (5:20 am)
I had a 2001 Protege and had some problems with it. Things happen. Take the car to a different dealer, that's what I did. I finally got satisfaction though, so it was worth it.
And the Protege is one of the best small cars on the market, so it could also be that you just got a bad one.
At least your car hasn't been in the shop for a total of 7 weeks within 7 months...
Jun 06, 2002 (6:05 am)
Sorry about your experience. Lots of jerk drivers out there. Many seem to be in SUVs. Had a similar experience not too long ago. Tailgated for a while by a Jeep Cherokee V8, who later passed me on a local two-lane road at high speed (crossed the double-yellow) in front of a public park. I got a little steamed (I was already going above the speed limit due to his tailgating...I think he got mad because I lost him briefly in a tight turn) and followed him long enough to get license and description.
Luckily, my local police dept was responsive enough to send the registered owner a letter. At least they're doing something.
I sometimes ponder keeping a disposable camera in my car to capture these fools on film.
#14192 of 24043 Crazy drivers....
Jun 06, 2002 (6:09 am)
I think if you report the plate numbers to the police, they will pull over the person later. I am not sure though. I know in CT, they can give you a ticket even though they didn't see you "in the act".
#14193 of 24043 Meade wrote way back...
Jun 06, 2002 (6:17 am)
there: How what was the 323 became the Protege, now it's going to be called the 3 ...
What was the 626 will be called the 6 ...
I'll betcha the Millenia, which replaced the 929, will be the 9 next year!
And not a 10 in the bunch!
Do you really think the 6 will be better than the 626, or is it just a slightly bigger Pro? The wheelbase is only an inch or so longer than the Pro's.
Will all 6's come with black trim? Note the "integrated" audio! Not an audio that can be modded or upgraded. Mazda says they designed it as a single unit so it can be installed in one piece with the center aluminum trim. That means EVERY 6 will have it. Now if it was copper or bronze (LX 2.0L) I might go for it. But aluminum? I have enough pots and pans, don't want it in my car.
I'm starting to worry about what my next car will be, with so many jumping on the boat trailer taillamp treatment. Utterly tacky!
Speaking of tacky, I saw a new Bently yesterday, really shocked when it pulled into a parking space and saw it had five-spoke chrome plated alloys on it! Chrome alloys on a black Bently! Sheesh. That's about as rediculous as seeing Sir Winston Churchill in his formal black suit and dirby wearing Nike track shoes.
Wait a minute.....maybe that was Bently's cross-over vehicle?
In NC, there's a certain element we see on the streets who go for black tinted windows and heavily chrome plated alloys. Some of those wheels look like chromed chicken house ventilators or manhole covers. Not people you would want to know.
Jun 06, 2002 (6:20 am)
I've heard of people having problems with their automatic transmissions on these cars but at the same time I haven't heard ONE complaint regarding the transmission in 5sp equipped cars. Do yourself a favor and get a manual next time. They are cheaper, more reliable, and more fun.
If you want to feel better, go read about the transmission troubles that are affecting V6 Honda Accords.
#14195 of 24043 and am waiting on the repo man...by mazdaprofour
Jun 06, 2002 (8:05 am)
"But the good news in all this is that I am about to file bankruptcy..."
"Once the bankruptcy is over, I will be driving off a lot in a new Hyundai with a longer warranty and am sure with less headaches."
BE WARNED, mazdaprofour!!! Bankruptcies are NEVER "good news"! I am sure NO financial institution will advance you the credit needed to "drive off a lot in a new Hyundai" after a fresh repo and bankruptcy, lol!!! Trust me on this, only the local small town mouse house dealer will sell to a newly minted credit bandit. MazdaPro4, you will recognize these places, they have big signs that read "BUY HERE, and PAY HERE!!!". 21% interest rates and a huge used car inventory of a dozen high mileage 91 Neons, 94 Escorts and repo-ed Korean cars.
Jun 06, 2002 (8:15 am)
there never was a 91 Neon, they were first introduced in 94, so it should be 94 Neons and 91 Escorts
Jun 06, 2002 (8:21 am)
Hi! I am a college student planning on buying my first car. I am deciding between the Hyundai Elantra and the Protege LX. Could you give me some advice? Thanks so much.